The Strategic Mobility Plan's take on: Regional Integration

Regional and local corridors should incorporate various transportation systems to connect Central Texas activity centers.

Measures of Effectiveness:

  • Included in the CAMPO 2035 Plan
  • Compatibility with regional growth planning efforts to link transportation with sustainable development patterns
  • Ability to leverage regional, state, or federal funding partnerships
  • Access to recreation and green space
  • Project support from partnering agencies

Here is more:

Activity Center - from Wikipedia, is a term used in urban planning and design for a mixed-use urban area where there is a concentration of commercial and other land uses. For example, the central business districts of cities (CBD) are also known as "Central Activities Districts" (CAD) in recognition of the fact that commercial functions are not the only things that do or should occur there. The term activity center can also be used to designate an area for mixed-use development, whatever its current land use happens to be.

Activity centers can vary greatly in size from the central districts of large cities to regional center to neighborhood center. They can also refer to specialized agglomerations of activities such as urban university campuses or research institutes. They are an important concept in urban planning for Transit-oriented development or TOD, which seeks to intensify land uses around public transport nodes to facilitate greater sustainability in the way people and goods move around cities.

A few things to think about

Texas, here we come

Jun 16th 2010, 14:21 by A.S. | NEW YORK

In the ten years I've lived in New York I forgot how to drive. Lately I've been spending lots of time in Austin, Texas. Enough so that I've had to start driving again. When you go many years without driving, it becomes terrifying. So to refresh my skills I took lessons with a wonderfully patient and brave woman who has taught driving in Austin for nearly thirty years. I expected to be one of her few adult students, but no. My instructor claimed in the past few years the number of adult students increased exponentially, not quite rivaling the number of teenagers. Most are tech workers who come from all over the world, drawn by the vigorous labor market. Adult driving students struck me as a rather interesting economic indicator. It doesn't tell us anything we didn't already know. Migration statistics reveal that people are moving in droves to Texas. Why? Jobs and no state income taxes. High earning New Yorkers and Californians can take home between 9% and 11% more of their income by moving to Texas. Every trip down I speak to at least one bitter New Yorker/Californian fed up with high taxes and cost of living. Forbes recently posted a fun map of domestic migration by county. Travis County, where Austin is, experienced nearly all inflows (the black lines):

Compare that to Santa Clara County where Silicon Valley is located, the red lines (outflows) signify a beeline to low or no tax states:

Smart and Strategic Growth - Portland Or

New Urban New stories - evaluations of Austin

New Urbanism vs Suburbanism

A dense development with pocket parks for a suburban look